28 March Poland
Read Katarzyna Surmiak-Domanska's in-depth, four-page interview with Rick in Poland's esteemed daily newspaper Wyborcza on the occasion of the Polish television broadcast of Forgetting Dad.
8 March Worldwide
Rick's film Branson - Heaven on Earth about the golden age of Bible Belt showtown Branson, Missouri is now available on DVD on Amazon.com. Place your orders, spread the word, and write a customer review.
13-15 January Milan, Italy
Rick will be heading south to continue work on his Bering Strait project, currently called "The Strait Guys". Several of the film's contributors will be presenting their monumental Bering Strait Tunnel project at the global infrastructures conference as part of the Triennale di Milano at the fabulous Triennale Design Museum, and Rick will be there to film the spectacle.
29 November onwards Berlin-New York and beyond
Rick is now a proud member of the symbologie. brand design consultancy based in Berlin and New York. This high-powered, multi-disciplinary network of creative professionals will be Rick's new home for commercial projects. He will be in good company with several of his collaborators from his long films as well as numerous very talented professionals from a wide range of design disciplines.
15 - 21 November Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rick and producer Gunter Hanfgarn will be pitching their new project "Crossing the Bering Strait" at the Round Table Pitches at the FORUM section of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA. They are the third pitch team in the 9 a.m. block on 21 November at the Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50. The Forum is open to accredited Forum delegates only. Rick is thrilled to be returning to IDFA, where Forgetting Dad won the Special Jury Award in 2008.
16 - 20 October Sibiu, Romania
Rick will be an expert at the 2nd session of the Doc Stories Black Sea workshop. He will be screening Forgetting Dad and giving a presentation about the intersection of investigative and personal documentary filmmaking. He will also be tutoring filmmakers from the Black Sea region on their current documentary films. Screening at the Astra Film Festival, Wed. 17 October 19.00
11 - 20 May Warsaw, Poland
Rick will be in the jury of the Millenium Competition for feature-length documentaries at the Planete Doc Film Festival. Check out the terrific program here.
1 February Worldwide
At long last, "Heaven on Earth," Rick's award-winning film about Bible-Belt showtown Branson, Missouri is now available for online streaming and download via the easy-to-use, filmmaker-friendly platform Distrify. Enjoy this colorful film about Branson during the "good ol' days" in the comfort of your own home. You can also earn some spare change through Distrify's affiliate program when you tell your friends and family about the film.
5 January The Netherlands
Slightly more than three years later, Forgetting Dad is returning to the site of its world premiere, this time for the Dutch TV premiere on Nederland 2. The one-hour version will be screening in English with Dutch subtitles at 23:40 tonight. More info on Holland Doc. Tune in and spread the word!
5 - 9 December Guangzhou, China
Rick will be pitching his project CROSSING THE BERING STRAIT at the GZ DOC Documentary Film Festival.
3 - 7 November Canada
Rick will be presenting FORGETTING DAD at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation ISSTD in Montréal.
27 October Germany
Rick will be the Special Guest at the ShortCutz Berlin Session #26. He will show some of his shorts films and trailers of his long documentaries and discuss them with the audience.
25 - 30 September Germany
HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM is the highlight of the week on the German Pay-TV channel Planet. This is the German TV premiere of the film at last. It will be show daily until the end of the month. Please check the Planet TV website for the exact times. By the way, the heroes of the film, Big Smith just put out a new album. Get it here.
18 - 30 September Germany
HEAVEN ON EARTH is the highlight of the week on the German Pay-TV channel Planet. The film will be show daily until the end of the month. Please check the Planet TV website for the exact times. HEAVEN ON EARTH is ten years old now and still going strong!
15 September worldwide
Check out the new short film THE GODFATHER OF BUBBLES, which Rick made together with German photographers Annette Wulff and Jan Lieske during the Freelens Multimedia Workshop in Berlin, Sept. 6-11. Combining video and photography, the three artists created an intimate and heartwarming portrait of Polish-born soap bubble artist Pjotr Szczeniowski and his daughter Patrycja, who are at the heart of the European soap bubble scene. The workshop was conducted by photographer Uwe H. Martin and mediamaker Oliver Eberhardt. Watch all the three workshop films here.
14 June worldwide
The deluxe edition DVD of FORGETTING DAD is now available. The DVD features the complete film plus sixteen minutes worth of outtakes which offer answers to many of the questions we've been hearing over the past two years. Plus you can see directors Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood on the Talk of the Day talk show at the world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA. The DVD is available exclusively through the film website. All orders can be paid with PayPal or credit card and will be shipped within 24 hours. Order now, and receive the DVD in time for Father's Day, June 19th!
14 June Los Angeles, California, USA
Rick will be a featured guest on the highly-regarded Center Stage with Mark Gordon radio show tonight from 7-8 p.m. on KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles. Listen live or via the Internet. Rick is scheduled to go on at around 7:45 p.m. but tune in early just in case.
19 - 30 June California, USA
Crowdfunding campaign for the Father's Day Film Tour + DVD release launched! FORGETTING DAD is finally coming to Rick's home state and back to where most of the film was shot. Come see it in Los Angeles, San Francisco and possibly in a few places in between. And order the deluxe-edition DVD when it comes out on Father's Day (19 June). Please spread the word and make a contribution to the campaign. There are lots of great perks including DVDs, posters, free tickets, private screenings and scrumptious cakes and cupcakes from Rick's niece Yasi.
22 March Bremen, Germany (and worldwide via Internet radio)
Tim Schomacker will interview filmmaker Rick Minnich on his monthly radio show "Freisprecheinrichtung" at 11 p.m. It will be a free for all discussion (in German and English) about memory, "Forgetting Dad" and anything else that pops up. Tim interviewed Rick back in January and is a fantastic interviewer. So if you're up late, tune into radioweser.tv UKW 92,5 in Bremen or check out the archived podcast.
11 February Berlin, Germany
The Berlinale at last! "Forgetting Dad" will be screening in the CinemaxX 1 on Potsdamer Platz at 15:30. Rick, Matt and the rest of the crew will be in attendance.
30 January Bremen, Germany
Rick will be attending the screening of FORGETTING DAD at 20:30 at the Kino 46 in Waller Heerstraße 46. It is the closing event of the 35. literarische Woche Bremen, put on by the Rudolf-Alexander-Schröder Foundation. This year's event runs from 18-30 January and has the motto "What's Missing ... What Remains - Strategies of Remembering and Forgetting in Literature, Art, Film and Science." Sounds like FORGETTING DAD is a perfect fit! Listen to a lengthy podcast with Rick Minnich (in German) here.
14 January Berlin, Germany
German Film Award short list announced: We just found out today, that Forgetting Dad is one of twelve films to be shortlisted for the German Film Prize (Lola) the German equivalent of the Oscar in the documentary category. Now the 1300 members of the German Film Academy will select the two nominations, which will receive a sizable amount of funding for new projects. The nominees will be announced on 11 March.
Meanwhile, all shortlisted films will screen next month in the new section of the Berlin International Film Festival German Cinema LOLA@Berlinale, which is part of the European Film Market.
Here is a complete list of all shortlisted films (documentary, narrative, childrens film).
18 December Berlin, Germany
FORGETTING DAD will be screening as part of the exhibit "Transatlantic Impulses - 15 Years Villa Aurora" at the Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg. Rick prepared the main shoot of FORGETTING DAD while in residence at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades in November 2006, and is thrilled to be able to show the completed film as part of the Villa's 15th anniversary program. The exhibition runs from 3 December 2010 - 2 January 2011. The film program on 18 December begins at 16.00. FORGETTING DAD will be shown at around 17:20. Rick will be in attendance. Admission €5 normal, €3 discounted.
19 November Potsdam, Germany
Directors Rick Minnich and Matt Sweetwood have the honor of presenting two of their films as part of the SOURCES2 scriptwriting workshop taking place in Potsdam. It's a rare opportunity to hear the two discuss in detail the making of FORGETTING DAD. The film will be shown in English with German subtitles (OmU) at 5 p.m. followed by their lecture in English at 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by an audience discussion and a reception in the foyer of the Filmmuseum. At 8 p.m. Rick and Matt's first collaboration, the music documentary HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM (English with German subtitles), will be shown - a rare opportunity to see this evergreen on the big screen in the lovely Filmmuseum. Don't miss it!
3-8 November Sheffield, England
Rick will be attending Sheffield Doc/Fest to present his new project IBOGAINE - THE WAY OUT? as part of the Seize the Future Crowd Funding Pitch. He and five other filmmakers will be competing for the $3000 pot. Come witness the spectacle Saturday, 6 November at 16:30 at the Lyceum Theatre. Rick can be reached on his mobile at +49-179-7911131 or by email at email@example.com. And please embrace this new way of funding to become involved in Rick's new project from the ground up. All kinds of VIP perks, including guided tours of Berlin with Rick, await you!
27 October Würzburg, Germany
Rick will be attending the screening of FORGETTING DAD and discuss the film together with Germanys leading memory researcher Prof. Hans Markowitsch. Afterwards Prof. Markowitsch will give a workshop on memory and memory loss. More information and registration here.
14-17 October Barcelona, Spain
Rick will be attending the International Ibogaine Conference as part of his research for his new project "Ibogaine - The Way Out?" Please check out Rick's crowd funding site and help him get this project off the ground.